Posts Tagged ‘DropBox’

DropDAV – move your files easily

Posted: April 13, 2011 by Kim Flintoff in Productivity
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This isn’t an iPad app; it is a web based application to allow you to save and move files to and from your iPad and wbetween any web enabled devices.

Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is a set of methods based on the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that facilitates collaboration between users in editing and managing documents and files stored on World Wide Web servers.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebDAV

One of the main challenges desktop users encounter when starting to use the cloud and mobile devices is how to get their precious content on and off the device.  Sure, you can use iTunes to add files, but what about working directly from an application?  This is where DropDAV comes into play.  DropDAV effectively lets your application talk directly to DropBox.  Many productivity applications such as Pages, Keynote, etc have webDAV capability.

Price:  Free for upto 2GB if you use the free Dropbox application – upto $6.00 monthly for higher end use.  The website says its free as long as Dropbox remains free.  Desite this assurance DropDAV just notified me today that they are abandoning the free accounts – from here on it costs $5 per month – from my perspective that makes it a premium service not as useful to many users.  Power users will get value – the rest of us just get a new bill…

Enhanced security:  DropDAV uses SSL; providing the same standard of security as your online bank.

It could hardly be simpler to use.

  • Register at DropDAV (simply sign in with your DropBox credentials)
  • Open an appropriate application on your iPad such as Pages and select Copy to WebDAV

Now all you need do is open your iPad application and you can copy to or download from webDAV within the application.  Your files will appear in DropBox and any locations where they are synchronised with DropBox – eg.  between your desktop and your iPad.

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Documents to Go

Posted: August 5, 2010 by cunninghamg in Productivity
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Standard Edition $AUD 12.99 Word, Excel viewing only
Premium Edition $AUD 17.99, email attachment stripping, cloud synchronization, PPT support

standard logo[Click here to download from iTunes] 11 Mb

premium logo[Click here to download from iTunes] 11 Mb

General comments and thoughts

One of the essential tools of any application repertoire on the iPad must be the core productivity apps found on any computer. It is amazing the Office suite, comprising Word ,Excel, Powerpoint has been replicated with a high degree of functionality.

It can be argued that the iPad is not the best environment to be comfortably productive in, however Docs to go goes a long way to bring the most crucial elements of word processing, presentation and spreadsheets. In addition to providing compatibility with common Office file formats, Docs to Go enables viewing of PDFs, SVGs, Gifs and many more. Viewing and basic editing are its main purpose.

I have to say that any application that runs on both the iPad and the iPhone is well worth a look and is likely to be great value for money. Documents to Go competes very well in this space with comparable productivity apps in the same category especially because a single purchase will port to both iPad and iPhone. In addition, the synchronisation options with cloud applications such as Google Docs, MobileMe and Dropbox are a definite plus for any student.

PDF Viewing

PDF document (Click to Enlarge)

Viewing an Excel document

Excel document (Click to Enlarge)

Uses in Higher Education

Documents to Go is ideal for any faculty member or student that has the need to be productive whilst un-chaining themselves from an office or being bound to campus computer labs. I would find that this application’s viewing capability alone will allow any person to go a long way achieving a paperless university experience either in lectures or tutorials or going to grinding faculty meetings! However, the lack of full application functionality does not lend itself to scribing one’s doctoral thesis on.

Overall ? – meets my needs for on the go viewing, editing and document tinkering.

I would certainly go for the Premium edition

Pros

  • Functions on iPad,iPhone,iPod Touch
  • Many basic functions of native applications are available, formatting etc.
  • A complete suite of productivity applications for any student or faculty member
  • Supports a comprehensive list of file types including .docx,.ppt, HTML etc
  • Supports local, desktop and cloud based storage options
  • Email support

Cons

  • Does not completely substitute for the real functionality of native applications
  • Basic edition implies that Powerpoint editing is possible (Icon gives you this impression)
  • Synchronization between iPad and iPhone is not possible
  • Pasting of images into documents not currently supported